Things Break Down Summary
Chapter 1 Okonkwo’s main characteristics as he is illustrated in the very first couple of chapters are brave, competitive, strong, manly, and a fighter and so on. Okonkwo’s father’s attributes are weak, lazy, improvident, and incapable of thinking about tomorrow. His dad was a debtor and constantly owned neighbors cash. He was tall however extremely thin and had a minor stoop. Unoka was everything Okonkwo did not wish to be. Achebe describes kola without being explained, so we can understand culture little by little.
By having battling fights and calling events, it creates a social system of power, along with responsibility and pride amongst individuals in the town. The quote “Proverbs are the palm-oil with which words are eaten,” indicates making use of palm oil is used similar to proverbs, which read frequently by spiritual individuals. Chapter 2 Every night was quiet, other than for moonlight nights. Darkness held an unpredictable terror for the people, even the bravest among them. Kids were cautioned not to whistle at night for the fear of evil spirits. Dangerous animals were a lot more hazardous in the dark.
A snake was never ever to be called by its name in the evening, because it would hear. It was called a string. At Mbaino a daughter had gone to a market and was eliminated. Okonkwo as settlement took Ikemefuna in his household. Okonkwo was a guy of action, a male of war, and unlike his dad Unoka he could stand to take a look at blood. Okonkwo would even take the head of a male house after a battle. Okonkwo did not have an excellent mindset towards ladies, because they feared him, therefore did his children. Due to the fact that his spouses were not strong like him, they suffered.
Okonkwo dislikes his boy Nwoye a lot since currently at the age of twelve, he was currently causing great stress and anxiety for his incipient laziness. So that was now Okonkwo saw his boy Nwoye, and he fixed him by constant nagging, and whipping, for that reason leaving Nwoye with an unfortunate dealt with youth. The benefit would be a bigger family, however the downside would be favoritism, and unfair treatment. By not cohabiting each household has a different life. Okonkwo prefers his child Ezinma, which he believes, need to have been a young boy, while he repents of his boy Nwoye, who he believes slouches and is not a guy. Chapter 3
In this story, ladies seem week, and not looked up to, however Agbala is an effective priestess who is looked up to. Rank is observed in the drinking of palm wine, since individuals who consume it are the ones who have tasks in hand. Sharecropping was a really slow way of building up a barn of one’s own. For the ladies in Okonkwo’s household, they grew women crops such as cocoyams, beans, and cassava. When the worst year in living memory occurred in Okonkwo’s life he sown four hundred seeds when the rains dried up and the heat returned. He enjoyed the sky all day for signs of rain clouds and lay awake all night.
He attempted to safeguard them from the smoldering earth by making rings of thick sisal leaves around them. However by the end of the day the rings were burned. Okonkwo altered them daily, and hoped the rain might fall in the night. However the drought continued for eight market weeks and the yams were eliminated. Unlike other lazy farmers Okonkwo kept trying and was not lazy. Chapter 4 Okonkwo’s virtues were to be an effective male, and not to be like guys who resembled ladies. Okonkwo’s faults were to oppose males who had no titles, and killed their spirits.
Yes, when a guy states yes to his chi, his chi concurs as well. Okonkwo ended up being really keen on Ikemefuna. Ikemefuna was treated like everyone else to Okonkwo, and was treated with a heavy hand. Chapter 5 The feast of the New Year was the fertility feast, which commemorated fertility for ladies. Unlike the majority of people, Okonkwo did not like the banquet a lot, so rather he worked on his farm, instead of lingering for the feast. Not only was Okonkwo not up for the feast, be he was not comfy having a feast for females. On the very same day of the feast for the females, Okonkwo beats his 2nd partner Ikwefi.
Between Okonkwo’s 3 better halves, Ikwefi is the rebel. She fell for Okonkwo at a fumbling tournament that he won, which until this day she enjoys the tournaments. Ikwefi was married to another guy, however later left her partner and fled to Okonkwo. It is substantial that ladies have to sit with their legs together because sitting with their legs open would be sitting like a man. Chapter 6 The role that Chielo plays in the town is that she is the priestess of Agbala, and the Oracle of the hills and the caverns. Everyone goes to Chielo for guidance, and suggestions, and they follow her commands.
Chielo is a widow of two kids. In the village, the males are the ones who are the leaders, but Chielo is a crucial female to them. Chapter 7 Nwoye has started to imitate a male by feighing annoyance whine aloud about women and their journeys. Okonkwo associates the worth of violence and bloodshed to manliness. Nwoye associates with these values because he thinks in the ideology to value his daddy proud. The village is excited about the locusts coming so they can consume them. Okonkwo is asked to participate in Ikemefuna’s killing due to the fact that he calls Okonkwo his dad.
They’re probably going to kill the Ikemefuna because of the oracle’s command. So the tune is more special and is a secret between Ikemefuna and his mother. Okonkwo acts the method he does due to the fact that he does not wish to bne idea of as weak. Chapter 8 Okonkwo believes Ezinma must have been a young boy. Yes, due to the fact that then the suitor needs to keep spending for the lady till the inlaws state to stop making her worth go up. The females are bargained and whoever has the greatest rate gets the female. I believe it is becuaes the womwn are still young, and still innocent, and since they are old sufficient to have a kid.
They may assume that White men have no toes since they use shoes that cover their toes, making it look like they have none. Chapter 9 Ekwefi rewards her child so much since she is her only daughter, and she considers their companionshiop as equals. That kids were born of fiends if they are ill. Yes, Achebe seems to verify the belief in the ogbanje becuase he begins dealing with Ezinma any which way when the ogbanje takes place. Chapter 10 The females’s mindset towards the egwugwu is that they are to appreciate them.
They are not to go to their house, yet they are the ones to paint the walls on the outside. The primary functions of the event are generally a trial in their own method. Evil Forest shows a guy who beats his better half is weak, because he beats a female. Issues like this that involve whole families in marital relationship impact them since their child is eliminated, and offered money and more to do so. To wed a female in the Ibo people, it is hard due to the fact that you have to be a man, and you need to provide all that you got. This is different from American culture because families are not that included.
The advantages are that to be included you understand what is happening with your household; the drawback is there is no personal privacy. Chapter 11 The moral myth of the story is to not make the most of things. The tortoise was helped by birds, which did not help him in the start because they knew he was mischievous. When he got a title from the birds, he took advantage of them by eating all the food for himself, leaving the birds with leftovers. The worths it reflects are that you ought to not be selfish. The event including the priestess of Agbala reviews their culture that nobody can hinder the gods. Chapter 12
The significance of household is stressed in the uri event by welcoming all household, and kinsmen to the event. They all sit in a circle, and are considered in the household and are able to drink the white wine of the in-laws. Chapter 13 The one-handed egwugwu praises the dead guy by asking the dead male to come back the method he was when he was living. This incident is so severe because it is Ezeudu’s kid and it was Ezeudu’s funeral service. It was also a criminal activity against the earth goddess to kill a clansman. Chapter 14 The significance of comparing Okonkwo to a fish out of water is since his own men of his clan kicked him out.
Okonkwo’s absence of understanding of the value of ladies assesses him since when Uchendu questioned him about the name Nneka (mother is supreme), he did not know how to respond to the question, therefore Uchendu said Okonkwo was still a kid. Okonkwo did not understand that a child belongs to their father when it is the very best and happy time, but when it is sad, their mother is there for them to be safe. Chapter 15 The story of damage of Abame sums up the experience of colonization by demonstrating how the white guy came to look around the land before other white men did.
When the white male was shot, 3 white males concerned take a look at the horse and left, and when the time was best, they concerned assault individuals. They went to the marketplace where all the people would gather together, and shot them leaving only survivors of the old, the very sick, and males and females who could leave the market. Stories that Okonkwo had actually found out about the white men before is that if one would come, more would come, which individuals of the town ought to never be unarmed. Chapter 16 Nwoye has become a Christian due to the fact that it understands to him, and it makes good sense to him.
The missionary discussed that their gods were not genuine, and that his god would let them live a delighted life in his Kingdom. When the missionary talks about how the people’s god is phony, and they are not living they do not believe him. The new religion interest Nwoye since he is curious about what they need to say about their religious beliefs. Chapter 17 The mutual misconceptions that are evident in this chapter between the missionaries and the people of the town are that they live different lives. By approving the missionaries a plot in the Evil Forest, they get what they desire, however it soon backfires.
The villagers thought that if they provided the land the spirits would eliminate the missionaries, however the spirits didn’t. The metaphor in the beside the last sentence of the chapter indicates that Okonkwo felt that raising Nwoye was a failure. Chapter 18 Achebe did not mention the osu previously due to the fact that they are outcasts of the town. The osu individuals take in Christianity, due to the fact that they finally feel they are treated as equals, and belong, unlike how the seemed like or were dealt with before. Chapter 19 The speaker says in the main threat postured by Christianity that “An abominable religious beliefs has settled among you.
A guy can now leave his daddy and his siblings. He can curse the gods of his fathers and his forefathers, like a hunter’s pet dog that suddenly freaks and turns on his master. I fear for you; I fear for the clan.” Chapter 20 The worths are what held the Ibo people together, and with the British courts, everything fell apart. A big clash in worths was the modification of religion. Now that Okonkwo anticipates to go back to Umoufia, he thinks that everyone is the same, and he can have his title back. When he arrives he notices that his tribe is breaking down, like the Abame people.
He does not want to think that his tribe is compared to the Abame due to the fact that they are weak. Okonkwo wishes to stand up and defend his people and for the town. Chapter 21 Non-Christian villagers welcome the British because since they came, money has been flowing through Umoufia. A trading shop has actually also been developed and for the first time palm oil and kernel ended up being things of a fantastic rate. Even Akunna the best guy of the village, sent one of his boys to be taught the white guy’s knowledge in Mr. Brown’s school. Chapter 22 Reverend Smith is different from Mr. Brown due to the fact that he is strict and uncompromising. Mr.
Brown was compromising to the clansman, and wished to comprehend the people values and customs, instead of roughly imposing his religious beliefs. Mr. Smith on the other hand needs that his faith rejects all of the people’s beliefs, and shows no respect for their customs or culture. Mr. Smith is a stereotyped white colonist, who provokes Enoch’s anger. Chapter 23 The District Commissioner says that they come in no harm, and that they brought a tranquil administration for the people so they might be pleased. If anyone was to maltreat the tribe people they would assist them, however they would not allow the tribe individuals to mistreat others.
Chapter 24 Being the Okonkwo is it is understanding that he would do what he did, but I believe that Okonkwo could have listened to the guy. He did not have to eliminate him right away, due to the fact that even his people questioned what he did. Chapter 25 Okonkwo eliminates himself due to the fact that he can not deal with the white mans colonization. Okonkwo realizes that things will not return to where they were, which everything from customizeds, religious beliefs, belief, to culture, was all breaking down, therefore there was no reason to live DO NOT COPY WORD FOR WORD